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    Kick start your day!

    Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:20 am
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    Start the Day Right - Eat Breakfast!!!

    Breakfast is important at every age. By eating breakfast, you are fuelling your body with energy to kickstart your day. Overnight the body’s motor slows down so you can sleep. Breakfast gets it going again.

    Microwave Poached Egg on Toast

    Breakfast has been shown to assists children's physical, mental, and emotional development. Children who miss breakfast are less able to concentrate, are more prone to fidgeting and find learning difficult by mid-morning.Several studies now show that breakfast helps a child perform better at school.

    Two of the most common reasons why people say they skip breakfast is that they believe they "don't have enough time" in the morning or that they are just not hungry .

    Make Ahead Breakfast Burritos

    * Making Time for Breakfast
    Help organise your child the night before by preparing clothes and packing school bags. Plan what might be for tomorrow’s breakfast and organise whatever you can. Or try breakfast on the go!- pack a cereal bar, a sandwich or a piece of fruit. That way breakfast can be eaten on the way to school and need not be straight away. Sometimes children feel more like eating after they have been moving around. Keep breakfast interesting, try not to have the same breakfast for your children every day.


    Why shouldn’t we skip breakfast?

    * Skipping breakfast has been shown to have a negative effect on learning ability

    * Skipping breakfast has been shown to lead to excess weight gain

    * If you skip breakfast you are more likely to be very hungry by mid-morning, which can lead to snacking on unhealthy foods.

    Why should we eat breakfast?

    * Studies have shown that those who eat breakfast generally consume more energy during the day, yet are less likely to be overweight

    * School students who report eating breakfast on a regularly tend to have better nutrient intakes than their breakfast-skipping peers.

    * The brain’s only source of energy is glucose, so if you don’t eat anything for breakfast, your brain is less likely to function efficiently.

    * Many studies showed that breakfast intake improves the ability of concentration, reaction time, learning ability, test grades, school attendance,
    mood and memory.

    * Breakfast as part of a healthful diet and lifestyle can positively impact children's health and well-being.

    * Breakfast gives you an opportunity to have different types of foods in your diet, helping you to achieve the recommended 20-30 different types of foods each day.

    It is recommended that children consume a healthful breakfast on a daily basis consisting of a variety of foods, especially high-fibre and nutrient-rich
    whole grains, fruits, and dairy products.

    (Info from Nutrition Australia Org)

    The regular items for breakfast in my home are:-
    Toast- with jam/jelly, honey, tomatoes, poached eggs or scrambled eggs, baked beans
    breakfast cereal or mueslie
    fruit - often seen leaving in the hands of my children on their way to the school bus
    bacon and eggs with toast or English muffins- cooked on the barbie on a weekend morning
    yogurt- flavooured or plain with either chopped fruit or honey and slivered almonds
    crumpets with honey
    my husband always enjoys last nights left-overs from dinner


    Please share your breakfast ideas or recipes.
    Or...maybe tell us your hints for getting your children to eat breakfast
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